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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP)—With more goals than minutes in the game, Slovakia’s women’s ice hockey team claimed an amazing 82-0 victory over Bulgaria in Olympic qualifying.

Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians 139-0 during the 60-minute game, played in Latvia. The margin of victory is a record for a women’s International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.

“We took it as training,” Slovakia coach Miroslav Karafiat said after Saturday’s game.

Janka Culikova led Slovakia with 10 goals, while Martina Velickova scored nine. Fourteen different players scored at least one goal.

Slovakia, which also beat Croatia, Latvia and Italy, advanced to another qualifying group with Germany, Kazakhstan and France. The winner will secure a spot at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Bulgaria was eliminated after scoring one goal and giving up conceding 192 in the tournament.

The Slovakian men’s team clinched its biggest ever victory against the Bulgarians 14 years ago when they won 20-0.

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LIEPAJA, Latvia – After Norway won Group B of the Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualification in Maribor (SLO), Slovakia followed in their footsteps, advancing in Group A in Liepaja (LAT).

Slovakia started with a pair of two-goal wins against Latvia (2-0) and Italy (3-1) and then blew through the rest of the field. The Slovaks beat Croatia 18-1 on Sunday and then handed newcomer Bulgaria a very lopsided 82-0 loss in a game with 139-0 shots-on-goal tally.

It was a new record score for a women’s IIHF-sanctioned event. However, it didn’t beat the 92-0 win of South Korea over Thailand in the (men’s) 1998 Asia-Oceania U18 Championship.

Janka Culikova paced all scorers with ten goals, while Martina Velickova added nine. Romana Vargova, Nikoleta Celarova, Maria Herichova and Nikola Gapova had eight goals each.

Latvia recovered from its loss against the Slovaks and finished in second place with three wins, ahead of Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria.

Norway closed Group B with a perfect record. After securing their promotion to the next stage after two games, the Norwegians earned a 15-1 victory against the winless host, Slovenia. Great Britain finished in second thanks to a 4-3 win in overtime against Austria on the final day.

Norway will play the Final Olympic Qualification, November 6-9, in Shanghai, China, while Slovakia will travel to Bad Tölz, Germany.

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actually, the funniest line I've seen about this is from the Yahoo sports blog:

"Bulgaria lost to Italy (41-0) and Latvia (39-0), and it followed its 82-0 loss with a 30-1 defeat to Croatia (who obviously must address its defensive shortcomings before Vancouver in 2010)." In total, Bulgaria's women's ice hockey team surrendered more goals in four games (192) than the Detroit Red Wings did in 82 games last season (184).

other notes from the blog which used various sources:

Bulgaria has ... only three indoor ice rings (sic) in the country and only 37 registered female players.

Goalie Liubomira Shosheva made 57-saves in 56 minutes.

http://f3.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_nhl_e...ymyw3._C3MJDZ1W.

nice tiara :rolleyes: (I can't get the pic or link to work in the post, just add a period "." to the above link to see a pic of a Bulgarian fan)

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Of course, these transpirations never really help encourage the IOC to retain/promote such a sport for the Oylmpics. I realize Bulgaria won't be competing in women's hockey at the Olympics any time soon, but the IOC looks for a certain level of world participation in sports at an acceptable level. Bulgaria can't be included in the "country count" if teams keep blowing them out like that.

Funny on Croatia giving up a goal. Likely accidentally shot the puck into their own net on one of those delayed penalty calls (?). :D

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Of course, these transpirations never really help encourage the IOC to retain/promote such a sport for the Oylmpics. I realize Bulgaria won't be competing in women's hockey at the Olympics any time soon, but the IOC looks for a certain level of world participation in sports at an acceptable level. Bulgaria can't be included in the "country count" if teams keep blowing them out like that.

Funny on Croatia giving up a goal. Likely accidentally shot the puck into their own net on one of those delayed penalty calls (?). :D

I believe this was one of Bulgaria's first, if not their very first, IIHF-competition... they've never participated in a world championship, not even in Division IV, nor are they listed in the world rankings...

the IIHF knows there's great disparity in women's hockey, in fact they've created a Division V for 2009... Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, and Ireland will participate... they're all newcomers to women's hockey...

international women's hockey, like softball, is completely dominated by less than a handful of teams... however, unlike softball and baseball, the IIHF does have a little leverage with the IOC, i.e. the men's tournament... so it's far less likely to get the boot from the Olympics...

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should the Slovaks have taken pity on the Bulgarians?... or would that have been even more insulting?

sometimes when Canadian teams played over-matched opponents in the distant past, they did things like making sure every player on the ice touched the puck before taking a shot... the Slovaks could have done that or had their players aim for the posts instead of trying to score or just played "keep away" for most of the game -- it turned out that way anyway with 0 Bulgarian shots...

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP)—With more goals than minutes in the game, Slovakia's women's ice hockey team claimed an amazing 82-0 victory over Bulgaria in Olympic qualifying.

Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians 139-0 during the 60-minute game, played in Latvia. The margin of victory is a record for a women's International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.

"We took it as training," Slovakia coach Miroslav Karafiat said after Saturday's game.

Janka Culikova led Slovakia with 10 goals, while Martina Velickova scored nine. Fourteen different players scored at least one goal.

Slovakia, which also beat Croatia, Latvia and Italy, advanced to another qualifying group with Germany, Kazakhstan and France. The winner will secure a spot at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Bulgaria was eliminated after scoring one goal and giving up conceding 192 in the tournament.

The Slovakian men's team clinched its biggest ever victory against the Bulgarians 14 years ago when they won 20-0.

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LIEPAJA, Latvia – After Norway won Group B of the Women's Olympic Pre-Qualification in Maribor (SLO), Slovakia followed in their footsteps, advancing in Group A in Liepaja (LAT).

Slovakia started with a pair of two-goal wins against Latvia (2-0) and Italy (3-1) and then blew through the rest of the field. The Slovaks beat Croatia 18-1 on Sunday and then handed newcomer Bulgaria a very lopsided 82-0 loss in a game with 139-0 shots-on-goal tally.

It was a new record score for a women's IIHF-sanctioned event. However, it didn't beat the 92-0 win of South Korea over Thailand in the (men's) 1998 Asia-Oceania U18 Championship.

Janka Culikova paced all scorers with ten goals, while Martina Velickova added nine. Romana Vargova, Nikoleta Celarova, Maria Herichova and Nikola Gapova had eight goals each.

Latvia recovered from its loss against the Slovaks and finished in second place with three wins, ahead of Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria.

Norway closed Group B with a perfect record. After securing their promotion to the next stage after two games, the Norwegians earned a 15-1 victory against the winless host, Slovenia. Great Britain finished in second thanks to a 4-3 win in overtime against Austria on the final day.

Norway will play the Final Olympic Qualification, November 6-9, in Shanghai, China, while Slovakia will travel to Bad Tölz, Germany.

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actually, the funniest line I've seen about this is from the Yahoo sports blog:

"Bulgaria lost to Italy (41-0) and Latvia (39-0), and it followed its 82-0 loss with a 30-1 defeat to Croatia (who obviously must address its defensive shortcomings before Vancouver in 2010)." In total, Bulgaria's women's ice hockey team surrendered more goals in four games (192) than the Detroit Red Wings did in 82 games last season (184).

other notes from the blog which used various sources:

Bulgaria has ... only three indoor ice rings (sic) in the country and only 37 registered female players.

Goalie Liubomira Shosheva made 57-saves in 56 minutes.

http://f3.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_nhl_e...ymyw3._C3MJDZ1W.

nice tiara :rolleyes: (I can't get the pic or link to work in the post, just add a period "." to the above link to see a pic of a Bulgarian fan)

one word : OUCH!

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